I have taken many pictures within graveyards, most of them of graveyard angels. This one is not an angel, so I’ll just call it a figure. It is one of my favorites, and one that I have printed in a wide variety of ways, and was captured on Kodak HSI, the 4X5″ variety of infrared film no longer available (thankfully I still have a handful of boxes in the freezer) with my pinhole camera.
This particular printing was a contact print for the postcards I sent out a number of years ago, which is why the borders are black. Since it is a 4X5″ image printed on 5X7″ paper, combined with the fact that the camera’s extreme wide angle produces a vignette due to light falloff, it appears as if one is peering through something meant to prevent our seeing this. This allows for a particular interpretation of the image, which the viewer can decide for themselves.
I enjoy having the ability to decide how to print each image. A rich image such as this offers a large number of possibilities for printing, and gives me the chance to decide each time how I want to present it. It enforces the idea that there is no “one way” to print, and each printing sessions brings with it its own set of challenges and fun.